Republican Party Is Ready to Abandon Its Own Gender and Racial Diversity in 2016

Republican Party Is Ready to Abandon Its Own Gender and Racial Diversity in 2016

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The American political party that is poised to knight a real estate mogul turned reality TV star as its presidential nominee is also on verge of taking a diversity blow. As the Republican Party rolls out its convention red carpet for Donald Trump, elected GOP officials who fit the demographics that he has routinely lampooned — women and minorities — are in danger of losing reelection, The Hill reported Tuesday.

This comes as the GOP scrambles to find candidates who might energize young, millennial voters. Their efforts seem to have fallen flat this year — the National Republican Congressional Committee last week released a list of 11 top-tier candidates for its millennial-focused “Young Guns” program and they were mostly white and male.

Meanwhile, Democrats will likely retain or see gains in House representation of women, Hispanics, African-Americans and Asian-Americans, according to The Hill. Most of the women and minority members of Congress are Democrats.

Republican Party Is Ready to Abandon Its Own Gender and Racial Diversity in 2016

(U.S. Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) is pictured in 2015.Source: Rick Bowmer/AP)

Women make up just 84 of 435 House members — of which 22 are Republicans. All 10 of the Asian-American House members are Democrats. Two of the 43 black House members are Republicans, while six of the 29 Latino House members are GOP.

On the Senate side, 20 of 100 current members are women, while just six are people of color. That breaks down to one Asian-American, three Latinos and two blacks. Sens. Tim Scott (R-SC), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) are the GOP members of color.

It’s no secret that the Republican Party has historically struggled to attract minorities. The party has been more recently linked to policies such as voter ID laws and transgender bathroom bills that have a disproportionate negative impact on racial minorities and the LGBTQ community. But diversity problems have also shown up at the local levels.

The nation as a whole is roughly 33% nonwhite, according to the Pew Research Center. But only 14% of state legislators are racial minorities, according to a New American Leaders Project report released in January.

Republican Party Is Ready to Abandon Its Own Gender and Racial Diversity in 2016

(U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), left, is pictured with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.Source: Alan Diaz/AP)

The Republican National Committee called for the party to embrace diverse candidates following the re-election of President Barack Obama in 2012. “Young voters are increasingly rolling their eyes at what the Party represents, and many minorities wrongly think that Republicans do not like them or want them in the country,” an RNC report states.

Authors of the report added: “When someone rolls their eyes at us, they are not likely to open their ears to us.”

So, who might young Republicans and independents of color listen to? Reps. Mia Love (R-UT) and Will Hurd (R-Texas), who are black, and Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), who is Hispanic — each are fighting uphill battles for reelection, according to The Hill.

If Love and Hurd lose in November, and no other candidates of color are elected, the GOP will have no African-Americans in what is supposed to be the nation’s more representative body.

Republican Party Is Ready to Abandon Its Own Gender and Racial Diversity in 2016
(U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) is pictured in 2015.Source: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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George Will Jumps From Sinking Ship That Is The GOP

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Longtime conservative columnist George Will is wiping his hands clean of the Republican Party.

This is not my party,” Will told PJ Media on Saturday. The Washington Post writer said a Democratic presidency would be better than the alternative offered by Donald Trump — who once called Will a “major loser.”

“Make sure he loses,” Will said of the presumptive GOP nominee. “Grit their teeth for four years and win the White House.”

His voter registration in Maryland has now changed from Republican to “unaffiliated,” PJ Media reported. The final straw was House Speaker Paul Ryan‘s (R-Wis) endorsement of Trump, he said.

In the meantime, Trump continues to fumble over himself. Just this week, he fired his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski before setting off to Scotland to promote his golf resorts.

“He had one good day because he didn’t vomit all over himself and gave a decent speech,” GOP consultant Matt Mackowiak said of Trump.

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Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

GOP Civil War Brewing As Delegates Plot To Dethrone Trump At Convention

GOP Civil War Brewing As Delegates Plot To Dethrone Trump At Convention

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Donald Trump has been irritating everyone lately. It has gotten to the point that even many of the most horrific conservatives can’t look past the hate speech and general insanity that has accompanied The Donald’s attempt to become Dictator-in-Chief. For the most part, they have been fine with Trump’s bigotry: his suggestion that Muslims should be crammed into concentration camps while those not already in the country should be banned, his talk of building walls to keep brown people out of the country, his numerous racist and misogynist statements, and his support of his horrible followers beating African-Americans at his rallies. They’ve even been fine with his itchy trigger finger when it comes to launching nuclear weapons.

But Trump’s recent attacks on a “Mexican” federal judge from Indiana, his rapidly-dropping poll numbers, and his slightly more reasonable remarks about gun safety regulations, have the delegates he has earned ready for mutiny. The Washington Post reports that delegates are hatching plans to stop Trump. While many others have attempted to start movements to end Trump for good, this time it’s different — the people who make the rules are the ones leading the movement:

The delegates are angered by Trump’s recent comments on gun control, his racial attacks on a federal judge and his sinking poll numbers. They are convinced that Trump is an insufficiently conservative candidate and believe they will find enough like-minded Republicans within the next month to change party rules and allow delegates to vote for whomever they want, regardless of who won their state caucus or primary.

“This literally is an ‘Anybody but Trump’ movement,” said Kendal Unruh, a Republican delegate from Colorado who is leading the campaign. “Nobody has any idea who is going to step in and be the nominee, but we’re not worried about that. We’re just doing that job to make sure that he’s not the face of our party.”

The fresh wave of anti-Trump organizing comes as a growing number of Republicans have signaled that they will not support Trump for president. In addition, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), who is slated to chair the Republican National Convention next month in Cleveland, said in remarks released Friday that House Republicans should “follow their conscience” on whether to support Trump.

The new anti-Trump movement is pushing for a change to party rules that would allow them to vote for whomever they want if their “conscience” (term used loosely because our friends on the Right don’t have those) doesn’t allow them to support that person.

On Friday, Trump dismissed the plot against him.

“I won almost 14 million votes, which is by far more votes than any candidate in the history of the Republican primaries,” Trump said. “I have tremendous support and get the biggest crowds by far and any such move would not only be totally illegal but also a rebuke of the millions of people who feel so strongly about what I am saying.”

“People that I defeated soundly in the primaries will do anything to get a second shot — but there is no mechanism for it to happen,” the billionaire concluded. But those in charge of the latest effort to shut Trump down say they do not have a specific candidate in mind.

According to those involved, at least 30 delegates in 15 states have signed on — a small fraction of the more than 2,400 delegates who will be at the convention in Cleveland.

“Trump just continues to embarrass himself and his party and this is not going to let up,” Iowa GOP delegate Cecil Stinemetz told the Post. “Trump just continues to embarrass himself and his party and this is not going to let up.”

Will the movement succeed? Will Trump continue to embarrass his party and Americans as a whole.

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GOP Senators Swoon Over Donald Trump After Hill Meeting

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According to Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the Senate majority whip who was also in attendance, Trump “seemed certainly open and willing to listen.”

“He is actually a pretty affable guy, much different than sort of the public demeanor, but it must be working for him,” Cornyn said.

Trump met with Hatch, Cornyn, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and other prominent GOP senators at the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee offices a few blocks from the Capitol. The meeting lasted about an hour. Outside a group of anti-Trump protesters chanted and sang. Earlier in the morning Trump also met with Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), and other House leaders at the RNC headquarters.

The Kumbaya moment comes as some Republican lawmakers, including Ryan, balked at supporting him outright after he emerged the GOP nominee last week.

But the words “positive” and “productive” were lobbed frequently by senators to describe Thursday’s pow-wow.

“It was a very gracious and positive meeting and I already feel pretty good about it, but I feel even better,” said Sen. Roger Wicker, who, as the NRSC chair, attended the Trump meeting.

“It was a good back and forth,” he told reporters afterward.

According to those present in the Senate meeting, the topics of discussion included trade, energy, the debt, the Supreme Court, as well as the impact Trump will have down the ballot.

“I think they’ve got some work to do on the policy front,” Cornyn said, when asked if Trump had settled on a tax plan.

Cornyn also said that, as a border state senator who won a majority of Texas’ Hispanic vote, he offered Trump some advice on his tone on immigration: “I said, there is a way to talk about these issues that people don’t find offensive yet still make the point that we’re all for secure borders.”

There was “some peripheral discussion” of Trump’s proposal to ban Muslim immigration, Hatch said, adding, “but I can’t remember what was said.”

But more generally, those present said they weren’t too concerned about Trump’s rhetoric.

“He doesn’t have to [change his tone],” Hatch said, “because the whole discussion was very solid.”

Hatch was asked if he got the sense that Trump was on board with Republicans and their agenda.

“Well, it was only an hour-long discussion,” he said.

Lauren Fox contributed to this report.

 

 

Poll: Trump nomination sparks more fear than hope

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The fact that Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party scares voters more than it surprises them, according to an NBC Neww/SurveyMonkey poll released Tuesday.

Forty-seven percent of respondents said their reaction to Trump becoming the presumptive nominee was fear. Just 26 percent said they were hopeful, while another 21 percent said they were angry and 16 percent were surprised.

Thirty-five percent of respondents would be scared to see Hillary Clinton win the Democratic presidential nomination, while 29 percent would be hopeful, 22 percent would be angry and just 7 percent would be surprised.

The former secretary of state tops Bernie Sanders in the national poll by 12 percentage points among Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters, 53 percent to 41 percent with 5 percent undecided.

Sanders has closed the gap by 2 points in the past week. Despite that, however, voters overwhelmingly believe Clinton will ultimately clinch the nomination. Eighty-four percent said they think Clinton will win the nomination, while just 15 percent believe Sanders can still win.

In a general-election match-up against Trump, Sanders fares far better. The Vermont senator leads the real estate mogul by double digits, 53 percent to 40 percent. Clinton, on the other hand, bests Trump by just 5 points, 49 percent to 44 percent.

The poll of 12,714 adults, 11,089 of whom say they are registered to vote, was conducted May 2-8. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.3 percentage points among registered voters and plus or minus 2 percentage points in the Democratic sample.

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How A Federal Judge Just Helped Republicans In A Key Swing State

How A Federal Judge Just Helped Republicans In A Key Swing State

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This judge just put his thumb on the scales for the presidential election.

Republicans were just given a leg up over Democrats in this fall’s presidential election in the battleground state of North Carolina, and they have a judge put in place by George W. Bush to thank for it.

Federal judge Thomas D. Schroeder decided in favor of Republican legislators in court on Monday, letting a controversial voter ID law stay in place despite strong objections from civil rights groups.

Research on Voter ID laws have shown that these laws are often a reliable way for Republican conservatives to cut down on voters that often vote for Democrats, especially minorities and young voters.

The judge, Thomas D. Schroeder of Federal District Court in Winston-Salem, wrote near the end of his 485-page opinion that “North Carolina has provided legitimate state interests for its voter ID requirement and electoral system.”

North Carolina’s voter identification law requires people to display one of six credentials, such as a driver’s license or passport, before casting a ballot. Those who cannot may complete a “reasonable impediment declaration” and cast a provisional ballot.

Schroeder was officially put in place on January 8, 2008, at the beginning of George W. Bush’s last year in office.

The North Carolina law also banned same-day registration, cut down on the amount of days available for early voting, and stops 16 and 17-year-olds from preregistering to vote.

An expert testified at the trial that the law was designed in a way to put extra burden on black and Latino voters. Republican legislators and the state’s GOP governor Pat McCrory deny the claim.

In 2012, a Republican Pennsylvania State House leader bragged that that state’s voter ID laws would “allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania” (he didn’t), while recently a Republican congressman from Wisconsin said voter ID would make the state – which has recently voted for Democrats – competitive in the fall for Republicans.

President Obama won North Carolina in 2008 by 0.32% then lost it in 2012 by 2.04%. Polling in March showed the race in North Carolina effectively a toss-up between the Democratic and Republican presidential front runners.

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GOP RACE OFF THE RAILS — AGAIN!

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Another reason for Republicans to feel terrible: Obama’s popularity is spiking — further destroying the GOP’s chances of saving its sinking ship

Another reason for Republicans to feel terrible: Obama's popularity is spiking — further destroying the GOP's chances of saving its sinking ship

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Barack Obama is getting more and more popular of late. A new Bloomberg Politicspoll puts his job approval rating at an even 50 percent, a six-point jump from the survey they conducted in November. His favorability rating spiked nine points, all the way up to 57 percent. On specific issue areas that have been troublesome for the president in the past, like the economy and health care, his approval rating is inching up towards 50 percent. He’s getting positive marks for nominating Merrick Garland to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the late Antonin Scalia, and nearly two-thirds of the country supports his push to have the Republican-controlled Senate hold hearings on the nomination.

Those numbers are in line with what other polls are showing. A look at the Huffington Post’s poll aggregator shows that Obama’s average approval rating is just a hair under 50 percent and rising. After spending about two and half years with his approval ratings underwater, his numbers began to tick upward starting in December 2015, and they’ve been rising ever since. That’s pretty decent news for a two-term president in his final year of office, when voters tend to register fatigue with the administration and the party in power.

It’s difficult to pinpoint a precise explanation for why Obama’s numbers are on the rise. A president’s numbers typically rise and fall in line with economic indicators, but not a whole lot has changed on the economic front over the past few months – job growth continues along at a decent clip, but wage growth is just barely staying ahead of inflation. The timing of his approval spike, however, suggests that it might have something to do with how the presidential primaries are shaking out.

On the Democratic side, there’s been no real effort by either candidate to distance themselves from Obama. Quite the opposite, in fact. Hillary Clinton has been running hard on the idea that she represents a continuation of the Obama policy agenda. Bernie Sanders, while more critical of Obama on trade and health care, still makes clear that he broadly supports the president and his policies. Having both candidates embrace the president and promote his agenda helps remind Democrats why they liked him in the first place. It’s a vastly different dynamic from 2008, when the Republican candidates went to great pains to keep their two-term incumbent president at arm’s length, which in turn only deepened his already staggering unpopularity.

Speaking of Republicans, it’s probably safe to assume that their primary is also helping Obama. The frontrunner is galumphing about on the national stage and insulting just about every minority group as he encourages violence at his rallies and picks petty fights with women on TV. It’s all but impossible to take Donald Trump’s chief rivals for the nomination seriously, given that they’ve spent the past several months trying to emulate Trump’s style and policy proposals, making dick jokes, andbeing Ted Cruz. The entire process has been dominated by petty squabbling, personal attacks, and unguarded extremism, most of it driven by Trump’s Twitter feed. Even if you’re not inclined to be of fan of Obama’s, you probably can’t help but look at the GOP primary and think “well, he’s not as bad as these fools.”

Whatever the explanation for Obama’s surge in popularity, it’s bad news for his Republican critics. The underlying premise of the GOP primary is that the Obama presidency has been an unrivaled disaster that brought the country to the brink of collapse. “This country is running out of time,” Marco Rubio declared at an October debate. “We can’t afford to have another four years like the last eight years.” That line was actually borrowed from Barack Obama, who said in his 2008 speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination: “We are here because we love this country too much to let the next four years look just like the last eight.” The difference, of course, is that it was true when Obama said it – the country was spiraling towards disaster at that point with a bloody quagmire of a war and a weakening economy that would soon implode on itself. But we’re not at that crisis point right now, which is why Obama’s approval ratings aren’t in the toilet the way George W. Bush’s were. And the higher Obama’s job approval rating creeps, the more ridiculous Republicans look arguing that he’s a historically disastrous president.

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